Fall Fashion & Beauty Haul

I love haul videos – they make me so excited to watch and get me raring to shop. Ironically, many of my hauls are the direct result of watching other people’s haul videos on YouTube. (A haul video is one in which a person shares their recent shopping finds and splurges.)

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My Morning Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my updated morning skincare routine with you. This was a doozy to film (confession: I filmed it twice!) but ultimately I wanted to share how effective the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne Treatment System has been working for me. I love 3-step systems that have active ingredients in every step–so I don’t feel like I’m doing nothing half the time. Even the gel cleanser has some pretty great active ingredients! Bottom line: I’m impressed.

Avoid this system if you have very dry or flaky skin – or at the very least, start slow, maybe 3 times per week. Then build up gradually. This kit is designed for the acne-prone, so if you don’t get spots, this may not be the kit for you. (La Roche-Posay has some seriously great skincare products–even those designed for Rosacea!)

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I collaborated with La Roche-Posay to share the acne system kits with you, my readers. It’s a natural, organic partnership that starts with my own love of Effaclar Duo. Thanks for your support so that I can bring you even more great deals and giveaways in the future!

A World Without Erik

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It seems odd, really. You think you’ll be with your siblings until the end…Long after your parents have moved on to Heaven, even longer after our grandparents have left this earth. What you don’t expect is to lose the bond of unconditional love (or as I like to call it, unconditional tolerance) known as siblinghood. Read & Comment →

September Favorites

Hey guys! I cannot believe September is (nearly) over and we’re officially head-on into Autumn. I had a beautiful month of favorites, y’all. I (re-)discovered my favorite foundation, I’ve fallen in love with a new lip combo, and on the same day that the iPhone 6 was announced, I found out that I passed my board exam for Anesthesiology. What a spectacular month!

This month’s favorites video has some snazz and pizazz added–thanks to an investment in Final Cut Pro (gulp!). I hope you enjoy!

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Leave me a comment if you’ve read this far, incorporating the phrase, “I love cottage cheese too!” (Or you can just tell me what you’ve been loving this past month…)

iPhone 6 Plus Review

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Hello guys and gals! She is here and she is all mine! My iPhone 6 Plus arrived at my doorstep at 5pm on Sep 19th and I immediately fell in love. In the week following the announcement and the preorder, I found myself obsessively checking YouTube videos for reviews and “hands on” first impressions of the iPhone 6 Plus. However, I couldn’t visualize how the iPhone 6 Plus would look because every single review featured a male reviewer, and most men’s hands are larger than my own of the teeny-tiny, child-like variety.Read & Comment →

#ASKPSS: Couples Edition

My husband, affectionately referred to as “HB” since this blog’s incarnation, graciously agreed to a Couples version of my #ASKPSS series. Thank you to all of you who have subscribed to my YouTube channel–wow! You are so amazing and your kind comments warm my heart and soul after a long day in the hospital working. Absolutely adore you all. Read & Comment →

Fashionable iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Cases


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Whether you’re an iPhone user or not, you cannot deny the hysteria that takes over the lives of Apple fanatics. I, myself am one of them. I’m not ashamed to admit that I set an alarm for 2am CDT on Sep 9 and spent an hour cursing at my keyboard, Apple, and Verizon. Fortunately, I was able to score a phone of my very own–a very welcome thing indeed considering my own iPhone 5 is missing chunks and has a non-working sleep/wake button.Read & Comment →

Orla Kiely Candles

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Recently a few new Orla Kiely candle releases came across my desk and they smell so delicious I had to tell you about them. My favorite by far is the “Fig Tree” scent–which smells full, lush, and sharply spicy. Orla Kiely brand candles fill a room nicely but not overpoweringly. Just something you can have burning without ruining your appetite or giving you a headache–but that you still notice.Read & Comment →